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As some of you may or may not know the Commodore suffered a small hemorrhagic stroke about a week ago.  Dutifully I hopped a plane to Portland to take care of things out this way.  The only damage that occurred happened in his language center.  His motor skills and logic centers are mercifully unaffected.  The woman at the rehab place where he is (as he puts it) "incarcerated" says she is impressed with his recovery overall and his prognosis is good.
It is interesting to see in real time his brain try and re-route around the damage, while he searches for the word that he means and his brain replaces it with something that seems related.  It is pretty fascinating really.

Of course this makes his already bizarre discourse all the more entertaining, if not more confusing.  I have to explain to the staff frequently that he was "like this before the stroke."

So without further ado, direct quotes from the Commodore:

me: Dad what are you doing?
(while pulling a bottle from a panel in his desk) I am having a little gin.
me: Are you crazy, you can't have that!
no it's okay... it is after 3:00.

me: (walking in on him surfing porn) Dad!!! for the love of God please shut that off right now!
What? you don't want to watch this?
me: No, I really really don't!
Is it beause she isn't a natural blonde?

I still haven't gotten my stuff from the Veterans's administration, so I thought you could write your friend for me and ask him to help me out.
me: What friend are you referring to?
You know that guy you worked for and like so much, he has the good looking wife and kids...
me: Are you talking about President Obama?
That's it!

You know I have a lot to offer a woman...
me: Like being feeble and verbose?
I am also very tall.

You know I still can't believe your mother went all "rogue" on me before she died.
me: Are you talking about her converting to Catholicism?
Yeah

You know I watched the woman put the code in to shut alarm off for the front door (rehab) last night - I think I can make a break for it.

me: I don't understand why we have to drive all the way to the urologist's office when we can just pay this bill over the phone?
We HAVE to go there, you need to drive me right now!
me: But why?  There is a phone number right here on the bill?
(yelling and shaking his fist) Don't you understand?! I am in love with the receptionist!
me:  I thought you were in love with that woman at the dentist office.
oh yeah... well, I love her too.





 



 

Date: 2009-05-07 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crasch.livejournal.com
Hahaha! The Commodore sounds like a fun guy to talk to...

Date: 2009-05-08 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
always. :)

Date: 2009-05-07 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cuddlycthulhu.livejournal.com
I'm glad he's doing better.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Yeah me too, he scared the crap out of us. Medicine he was taking caused the stroke so we just have to figure that part out and he should be okay for the immediate future.

Date: 2009-05-07 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happyjenn97.livejournal.com
I'm sure you've had a very difficult week, but it sounds like he'll be back to normal in no time at all. :)

Date: 2009-05-08 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Yeah, I am pretty sure the rehab center is going to release him soon, not just because of his speedy recovery but because he keeps trying to escape.

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Date: 2009-05-07 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pastilla.livejournal.com
Bless you. And him.

Gave me the best laugh of my day (I'm going through a similar situation with my mother; this helps me to change perspective a little - I currently find it really hard to laugh at her).

Date: 2009-05-08 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Thank you maam.
I know it is hard, but you have to find it. I just went through this with my Mom all last year and the year before and finding the things that are hilarious will get you through it.
You can always drop me a note if you need to - these turbulent waters are not for the faint of heart my friend.

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Date: 2009-05-07 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayun.livejournal.com
When you mentioned damage to the language center I thought "Oh no! No more delightful transcripts of conversations with the Commodore!"

I'm happy to see my fears were overblown, and that he's recovering quickly. Here's hoping that he continues on that path.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
I was a little worried about that myself especially since the first day he couldn't quite remember my name. He called me the "last of five" which of course sounded a little Star Trekish.

Date: 2009-05-07 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] welfy.livejournal.com
I'm glad he's okay and that he's still able to amuse. He sounds like a great guy.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Amusement is his best skill. He is doing much better - thank you sugar britches.

Date: 2009-05-07 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iheartoothecae.livejournal.com
Second to my own, your dad is my favorite dad of all time.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Haaahahhaa - awesome, thank you.

Date: 2009-05-07 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] altamira16.livejournal.com
Ahh, now we know where you get it from.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
guilty as charged!

Date: 2009-05-07 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lolliejean.livejournal.com
He is just too funny. I love reading Commodore stories and I'm glad he's doing okay.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
You and me both darlin, and speaking of I am glad YOU are doing okay.

Date: 2009-05-08 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swerve.livejournal.com
He's very funny. I'm glad he's recovering. Hope you're getting some rest.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
"Hope you're getting some rest."
not a stitch, that man is a 24/7 job I tell you. :)

Date: 2009-05-08 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nder.livejournal.com
I hope I remain half the character I am now at his age.
It'd be damnably similar fun :) for... someone...

Date: 2009-05-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
That is my wish as well, although my husband assures me that I am well on the path.

Date: 2009-05-08 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suibhne.livejournal.com
I am so glad he's doing okay. And I must say every time I read one of these anecdotes about him it totally makes my day.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
thanks and I am sorry as hell I am going to miss your show.

Date: 2009-05-08 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottopic.livejournal.com
May whate'er gods there be bless that man.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
I agree sir.

Date: 2009-05-08 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I love that you are finding the joy in this situation.

I owe you a dirty martini when you're back and have time for it.

Date: 2009-05-08 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
oh babydoll, it is the only thing I CAN do effectively at this point. I believe my brain has turned to oatmeal overnight.

It is a date!

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Date: 2009-05-08 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inertiacrept.livejournal.com
May we all be fortunate enough to have porn and escape plans when our days come.

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Date: 2009-05-08 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quba.livejournal.com
I had a TIA (It's a stroke that goes away) that affected the language center of my brain. Luckily, I had a bracelet on that said, "I am a stroke survivor," (as I had a stroke previously) that I could point to so my mom could understand me. I was saying things like, "Cheeseburger running horseshoes," but my brain heard the right words and I didn't know why she didn't understand me. It was pretty scary.

The first words I said that made any sense were the next morning. The nurse wanted to put a catheter in because I hadn't peed yet. I said, "NO CATHETER!"

Date: 2009-05-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
I have to say that the brain is freaking amazing.
His stroke was brought on by a medication and the bleed was pretty small, so he does exactly what you did only sometimes he makes perfect sense and then sometimes he will throw in a word that doesnt fit at all. The interesting thing is to try and figure out what he means by examining what he says, because there is a path if I pay close enough attention.
Every day I see the difference in him, the way his brain is working around the damage.

Glad you got out of it brother, may we all have more quiet days ahead. :)

Date: 2009-05-08 05:19 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wlotus.livejournal.com
The Commodore is a hoot, especially since you have to explain he was like that BEFORE the stroke. :-)

May he heal quickly, and may you get some much needed rest!

(My dad is in the hospital anticipating having a toe amputated, so I am all too aware of parental illnesses, right now.)

Date: 2009-05-08 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Ugh, I feel for you. It is so stressful when they are sick.
Which toe? piggy or the one that goes to market?

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Date: 2009-05-08 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
He is a piece of work.

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Date: 2009-05-08 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nexussix.livejournal.com
Commodore stories are the best.

He sounds delightfully mischevious and I'm glad he's doing well.

Hang in there !

Date: 2009-05-08 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
Thank you darling girl!

Date: 2009-05-08 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theinnocence.livejournal.com
maybe our dads are twins
one soul split into two halves
seperated

and share a common mind

my best of what i got to offer is hoping things get easier from here on out.
maybe that voodoo juju cleansing was right in time for this

Date: 2009-05-10 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
My one bright point is that my father does not teabag the furniture... that I know of.

Date: 2009-05-08 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wonderbink.livejournal.com
I have to explain to the staff frequently that he was "like this before the stroke."

From what you've written about him, I'm sure you've had a lot of explaining to do . . .

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Take good care of yourself.

Date: 2009-05-10 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
oh yeah, they all know me there now and they find him charming. Everytime I escort my father in there it is like an episode of "Cheers."

Date: 2009-05-09 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jemisoutrageous.livejournal.com
I have never known such love.
Please hook me up with that wily ol' coot so I can be yo' stepmama.
I.
love.
him.
(and I am a natural blonde.)

Date: 2009-05-09 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jemisoutrageous.livejournal.com
me: I don't understand why we have to drive all the way to the urologist's office when we can just pay this bill over the phone?
We HAVE to go there, you need to drive me right now!
me: But why? There is a phone number right here on the bill?
(yelling and shaking his fist) Don't you understand?! I am in love with the receptionist!
me: I thought you were in love with that woman at the dentist office.
oh yeah... well, I love her too.


Sarah.
I am in love with your father there I said it.

Date: 2009-05-10 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
hahhaaa! get in line sister - he is quite the Don Juan down at rehab. Of course he is the only male there who walks AND talks at the same time so he does have an avantage.

It is fine with me if you want to be my new mom, but fair warning - the man is 80 and his sex drive appears undiminished.

He may also expect you to cook.

Date: 2009-05-09 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] manintheboat.livejournal.com
[livejournal.com profile] beaq said we are alike...

This is a lot like my dad...
So I am adding you.

Date: 2009-05-10 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
good God! there are two of him?!

added - thanks.

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